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Gallery Talk and Screening: Artists Connect — Open Television

  • The Art Institute of Chicago 111 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL, 60603 United States (map)

Join us for a screening of Hair Story, The Roach is Coming, and Sur La Nuit! This event is free for Illinois residents, meet in Griffin Court. 

How can performance expand our understanding of art? Philippe Parreno’s installation My Room Is Another Fish Bowl turns viewers into performers at the center of an ever-unfolding narrative—one that they script through their engagement with the installation. Join us for this talk, where scholar-producer Aymar Jean Christian argues that performance deepens art's connection to community and culture. Responding to the exhibition, he discusses how local, digital, community-based video production transforms viewers’ relationship to art by inviting them inside it. 

For three years Christian has explored the possibilities of television as a medium through OTV | Open Television, a research-based platform dedicated to developing Chicago artists and distributing their works online and across the city. The initiative has been recognized by HBO, the Emmy Awards, and the Tribeca Film Festival, and it has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, Frameline Film Festival, and New York Television Festival, among many others. 

After a reading an excerpt from his book Open TV, which argues that the internet transformed television by opening it to new producers, viewers, and patrons, Christian will screen three experimental video works, each of which explores the performance of race, gender, and sexuality using different narrative techniques. 

Hair Story, initiated by Aymar Jean Christian and expanded to a team of writer-performers, is the pilot for Serial Dreamer which follows a diverse group of Chicagoans living a co-op in their everyday lives *and their dreams.* This screening premieres BSAYF by Roy Kinsey, a music video shot by aCeb00mbaP for Futurehood that serves as a dream sequence in the pilot, starring Saya Naomi and Erik Lamar Wallace II.

The Roach is Coming is a film created by Derrick Woods-Morrow. Description: In 2017 I returned home to Greensboro, NC to reconnect with a police officer, who was once just another feral young boy on the playgrounds much like myself. Throughout a 72 hour period, we return to past moments of play, in an attempt to build a future were we could like we once were - two young boys, searching for each other, deep into the bushes, one white & one unaware of his blackness. 

Sur La Nuit is a soliloquy to the night, reflecting on love, loss, and identity. presented thru the lens of otherness - queer identity, race, familial dynamics, gender, and access into classical art forms, created by ALEXA GRÆ.